Term 2 – Jierong Zhu

For Easter Holiday, I have a plan of travelling. I would like to travel around the world during college period as I would not have available chance and time after graduating from university and starting to work. We decide to go to Italy. I must complaint about the Italian visa. It is especially inconvenient. We must plan the whole journey by booking the flights and hotels in advance, which I reluctantly accept. The first incontinent point is that the online application form can be completed only by computer with Windows 10 System, which means none of us could use our own Apple computer and have to go to library. Secondly, the website of the online application form is designed without humanization. Most of us have to complete the form at least twice as there is a bug on the page. We could not successfully continue to next section from time to time. On the day of going to the Italian National Visa Centre (23rd), the centre is quite small and a lot of people were waiting. Only two staff handled with Italian visa. To be on the safe side, we arrive 20 minutes before appointment time. Then we waited for about another 2 hours and 40 minutes and heard our number. And my nightmare came. The staff told me that only current amount statement can be accepted. I was shocked as the number shown in my account statement is only about 100 pounds, which is abusively not enough for my expenditure in Italy. Most money is put on my saving account, which is my habit. I tried to negotiate with him about whether I could transfer the money immediately from my saving account to current account and print it out and I could be the last one. And it failed. I need to go for reapplying an appointment, which means I have to waste one more day.

After coming out of the Visa Centre, it was around half past four in the afternoon. All of us were starved. We decided to have a lovely ‘lunch’ to reward ourselves. Due to our special lunch time, the meal came very rapidly. The lobster roll was totally fantastic, which made my mood better to some extent. We were so hungry that none of us remember to take the picture. Haha. I asked for an alcohol drink as well since I was so upset. It was my first time to request actively for the alcohol.  A day is wasted for applying the visa and on 24th I had a coursework deadline which I had not prepared it completely yet.











After returning home, I made another appointment for Italian visa immediately. OMG, the earliest available day is the 17th of March and my flight is on the 30th. It is so hurried, isn’t it? Anyway, I had a try. Then, I began to focus on my coursework. I finished it at 8 o’clock in the morning of Wednesday (24th). However, I still attended all the lectures and tutorials. I was moved by my passion for study, which was such a ridiculous lie. The truth is all of them would have a test during the following weeks. If I was absent, it may cause difficulties for my revision. My average aggregation score is not allowed me to make any mistakes.